This extraordinary commode, a virtuoso piece of cabinet-making, is among the grandest pieces of walnut of the 1730s. It is an adventurous, audacious and ambitious piece, possibly made for a member of the court of William IV, Prince of Orange-Nassau (1711-1751) who in 1734 married Princess Anne, daughter of King George II of England. A bureau-cabinet of similarly ambitious design and scale with richly-carved foliage on the upper section and boldly-shaped base and now in The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam is illustrated in R. Baarsen, Nederlandse Meubelen 1600-1800, Zwolle, 1993, pp. 86-87, no. 40.
We are grateful to Dr. Reinier Baarsen for his help in preparing this catalogue note.
See also lot 63 in this sale.